IO Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc.

Filing 100

Declaration of Keith Ruoff in Support of Reply to Defendant's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment 99 filed by IO Group, Inc. (Related document(s) 99 ) (Sperlein, Dennis) (Filed on 8/21/2007) Text modified on 8/22/2007 to conform to document caption post by counsel (bw, COURT STAFF).

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IO Group, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc. Doc. 100 Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 GILL SPERLEIN (172887) THE LAW FIRM OF GILL SPERLEIN 584 Castro Street, Suite 849 San Francisco, California 94114 Telephone: (415) 487-1211 X32 Facsimile: (415) 252-7747 legal@titanmedia.com Attorney for Plaintiff IO GROUP, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION IO GROUP, INC., a California corporation, Plaintiff, vs. VEOH NETWORKS, Inc., a California Corporation, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. C-06-3926 (HRL) DECLARATION OF KEITH RUOFF IN SUPPORT OF REPLY TO DEFENDANT'S OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT DATE: September 4, 2007 TIME: 10:00 a.m. COURTROOM: 2 I, KEITH RUOFF, declare: 1. I am Vice President of Io Group, Inc. a company that produces sexually explicit audiovisual works under the trade name of Titan Media and Titan Men. 2. I have examined www.veoh.com and using the "Search Videos" function performed searches for videos thereon. In response to a search www.veoh.com generates a list of responsive titles and displays a "thumbnail" image next to each title. I have viewed the file properties for -1- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL) Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 2 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 these thumbnails by right clicking and the file properties indicate that the pixel resolution for the thumbnails displayed is 96 x 72 pixels. 3. I have also viewed the "Screencaps" images displayed on the video details page for each video. I have viewed the file properties for the "Screencaps" images which indicates the pixel resolution for the video screen captures is 120 x 90 pixels. 4. "Screencaps" on www.veoh.com are not right click protected and therefore users can easily copy and save the screen captures to their personal computers. 5. I downloaded from www.veoh.com each of the video files on the disk produced to Defendant with Plaintiff's production number 200282. Io has lodged this disk with the Court with Plaintiff's Motion to File Under Seal. 6. Io Group has also provided to Defendant each of Io Group's registered works that are at issue in this matter. 7. I observed each of these videos streaming from www.veoh.com in Flash format. During the streaming process I printed a document of what was represented on my computer screen. Each of the documents was provided to the Court as Exhibits D and E to my Declaration in Support of Plaintiff's Motion Summary Judgment. The chart below indicates the file name downloaded from www.veoh.com, plaintiff's production number of the document portraying the Flash streaming and screen captures of the video file from www.veoh.com and the name of the registered work from with the video file was taken. File downloaded from www.veoh.com boner.mpg, Falcon Boner.mpg Print out of Flash presentation streaming from www.veoh.com 200114-200115 Io Group Registered work Boner -2- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL) Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 3 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Gay Porn Dont Ask Dont Tell Mi.mpg GWMShort Series-1.mpg, GWMShort Series-2.mpg, GWMShort Series-3.mpg, GWMShort Series-4.mpg, GWMShort Series-5.mpg, Piss31.mpg Hot bear sex 2.mpg, Rough Sex.mpg Military Men 1.wmv, Military men.wmv piss1.mpg, piss4.mpg, piss5.mpg, piss6.mpg, piss7.mpg, piss8.mpg, piss9.mpg piss12.mpg 200145-200146 Don't Ask, Don't Tell 200155-200156 Heat 200139-200140 Island Guardian 200108-200111 River Patrol 200122-200123 Sea Men 200136 Detour 8. Each of the above listed video files (as named by the submitting Veoh users) is entirely comprised of content taken from Plaintiff's corresponding registered works listed to the right. 9. I observed each of the video files located in the Infringing Works folder on the disk produced to Defendant with Plaintiff's production number 200953. Defendant identified each of these video files as having previously been available through www.veoh.com. Each of these video files is entirely comprised of content taken from the Plaintiff's corresponding registered works as listed on the right. -3- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL) Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 4 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 File from www.veoh.com 5aadcef229ddd57e7c61cfac172ba2f0ef7b7a18.wmv bc9053cb0e71cdfb51e2a32a3b7529b369ccb132.wmv bf56e04fdd294f65eb7c076f08a351df03593d33.mpg Io Group Registered work First Crush Carny Sea Men e87bc79785d7bcac4b50e76d5b03d7e78967c2b4.wmv Laid Up 10. Io Group has lodged all of the Plaintiff's works as listed in the right hand column of the above charts and the disk containing the files as they were made available through www.veoh.com with Plaintiff's Motion to File Under Seal to avoid exposing minors or individuals not wishing to be inadvertently exposed to sexually explicit content. 11. I have been in the adult business for almost 9 years. 18 U.S.C. 2257 is the most discussed and widely known regulation in the adult entertainment industry. A search on 2257 on the adult industries' online trade magazine, AVN.com (Adult Video News), returns 433 articles on the subject. The same search on the leading online adult industry business website, Xbiz.com, returns over 330 articles regarding 2257. Literally every adult industry discussion board or blog has an ongoing thread dedicated to 2257 regulations. 12. It is highly unusual for any adult business in the United States to disregard the labeling requirement under 18 U.S.C. 2257 which requires all sexually explicit material be labeled with the information as to where age verification records are maintained (which under the regulations must be the actual street address of the producer). The labeling requirements of 18 U.S.C. 2257 has long been the industry standard. In fact, stores, online retailers and licensees will not accept sexually explicit goods for sale or distribution without the required 2257 labeling of the goods. The most cursory discussions with any adult industry owner, employee, or attorney would quickly reveal how to comply with this statute and the importance of doing so. -4- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL) Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 13. Io Group sells access to still images as part of the material available to customers who subscribe to Io Group's website at www.titanmen.com. 14. When Io Group gives a free promotional copy of a DVD to a video reviewer, it is for the purpose of enabling the reviewer to write an article or review about the movie which provides great marketing value to Io Group, Inc. 15. Io Group allows users to view portions of some video clips on line. These clips are highly edited so that they pique the interest of the viewer. Moreover, users are not allowed to view these promotional clips until they supply a valid and verified e-mail address, verify their age and agree to accept promotional e-mails from Io Group in the future. These valid e-mail addresses for adults that are interested in Io Group product and have granted Io permission to send e-mail advertisements are of great value, especially since Io Group does not send any unsolicited e-mail advertising (SPAM). 16. Defendant has a licensing agreement to distribute its still images through cell phones and other mobile devices. Defendant's creation and display of screencaps could also have a negative impact on Io Group's ability to sell its content through these channels, especially since Defendant does not take measures to prevent the copying and downloading of the screencaps it creates. /// /// /// -5- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL) Case 5:06-cv-03926-HRL Document 100 Filed 08/21/2007 Page 6 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 17. I have personally reviewed a majority of the gay sexually explicit video files that were available on www.veoh.com before Defendant changed its policy and I never witnessed a 2257 label on any of those files. Pursuant to the laws of the United States, I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct. Dated: August 21, 2007 /s/ Keith Ruoff Keith Ruoff I hereby attest that this is the declaration of Keith Ruoff and the original with Keith Ruoff's holographic signature is on file for production for the Court if so ordered, or for inspection upon request by any party. Pursuant to the laws of the United States, I declare under penalty of perjury the foregoing is true and correct. Dated: August 21, 2007 /s/ Gill Sperlein GILL SPERLEIN, Counsel for Plaintiff Io Group, Inc. -6- RUOFF DECLARATION IN SUPPORT OF REPLY C-06-3926 (HRL)

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